Thank you to everyone who has supported and encouraged me. Thank you for your continued support, your prayers and care. Stay up-to-date on what is happening out here in Togo via my Journal and my Facebook page. And, of course, feel free to get in touch through email once in a while. I would love to hear from you!
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My Missionary ID # 0191981
What I Will Do There
But why me? Why am I going to work at a hospital? I’m not a nurse, doctor, church planter or pastor.
I will help manage a Guest House on the property where the team hosts visiting short-term missionaries. Keeping the guest house in good order is vital to the continuity of the hospital ministry. I will also be available to help Togolese nurses learn English and there is plenty of opportunity to help with the MK's (missionary kids) who are there with their families.
More about the guest house.. notes from a Togo South team member on the field:
Since we don’t have enough Full-Time missionaries on the field, we rely on visitors and short-term missionaries helping us to keep EVERYTHING going. Not just the hospital. We are always looking for: doctors, nurses, lab techs, x-ray techs, financial people, computer people, maintenance, administrators, nursing instructors, Christian school teachers, church planters, etc. You name it, we need help!!
Some of the short-term missionaries come for a week or even up to 2 years. Many times they bring their spouse and/or their family members. The Guest House is responsible for making sure that they are met at the airport, picked up, brought to the hospital, housed and oriented.
We also have other missionaries, from other agencies and our own, who come here due to sick people who need to be seen or hospitalized. They usually come with a spouse or a family member.
The Togo Situation
Togo is a small sub-Saharan country that is not quite the size of West Virginia. About 7.5 million people live here. (By the way, West Virginia’s population is under 2 million.)
ABWE serves these people through education (general education, bible school and nursing school), care for orphans and the blind, church planting and medical care. The hospital is just one aspect of showing Christian love to Togo.
Through the hospital ministry, we are seeing lives saved, physically and spiritually, and bringing a message of hope to one of the most open and growing populations on the planet right now.
We are here for the sole purpose of using medicine to reach into people’s lives with the Good News of the saving power of Jesus Christ.
The ministry connects with patients and really focuses on helping them get established in local churches where they can grow. The hospital also trains Togolese nurses in medicine (and soon, Togolese surgeons as well) because the vision is to equip the Togolese Christians to meet the needs of their own communities.
Evangelize, disciple, train leadership, plant reproducing indigenous churches.
The Togo South Hospital (Hôpital Baptiste Biblique) has been the hands and feet of Christ in Togo since 1985. It is not just a hospital that sees lives saved and people restored physically. It is providing care to more than 15,000 patients each year, from 4 different countries, and the gospel is shared with each one.
Luke 9:2 “…and he sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal.”
Togo is an open door. Unlike much of western Africa, a relatively small (but quickly growing) percent of south Togo is Muslim and the demeanor towards Christianity is open throughout the country. But also, over the next 40 years, the population increase in Africa alone is expected to make up 49% of population growth worldwide. Do you want to reach them now? Or try to reach them then?
The potential to develop discipleship communities is there right now.